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As President Obama’s popularity continues to decline, Actor Jon Voight, had the opportunity to address the recent Republican Senate-House Fund-raising Dinner.  He refered to Obama as a “False Prophet”.

According to the latest Gallup Pole, Obama popularity has dropped another 2 points.  This tells that  59% of Americans still approve of the job that he is doing while 34% do not. 

 Her is the video of Actor, Jon Voight’s speach.


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June 10, 2009 Posted by | Celebrity Gossip, Political | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Enhanced Interrogation or torture?

CHENEY 2000Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive…

Now, for those of you who turn on the news occasionally, and especially those with a political inclination, we have a heated controversy between the left and the right about these “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on accused terrorists during the last administration. For the sake of brevity, I’ll stay with waterboarding for this opinion.

What we know: Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times. Kalid Shaik Muhammed was waterboarded 183 times. They gave up valuable information, and they’re terrorists anyway. So far, sounds pretty good. Hey, the whole country was scared shitless and we did what we had to do, right? Not so fast…

Our former VP Dick Cheney (the one who spent most of his 8 years in office in a “secret, undisclosed location”) is now on various talk shows (FOX news, Face the Nation, State of the Union, and even a small time talk show in North Dakota or Montana) at least once every few weeks, and twice so far this week alone. He’s admitted that he authorized these “techniques” but disputes that they’re torture. His lawyers wrote legal memos saying so. Others who side with him go so far as to say that even if they’re torture, they were effective in extracting vital information from our enemies and thus justified — despite the fact that they are prohibited by the Geneva conventions, and that “it worked” is expressly forbidden as a defense to committing these crimes.

Yesterday began the first of many congressional investigations to come. Who’s testifying? One of the first was an FBI agent directly involved in the interrogation of both Abu Zubaydah and KSM. According to him and his records, virtually ALL of the information was gained in the first few hours by the FBI using traditional techniques. Enter the CIA (under orders of Cheney). They began to waterboard them, and they immediately shut down and would give no further information. In case you aren’t up to speed, the FBI withdrew from the interrogations about 4-6 months after the CIA came in with the head telling all agents to steer clear of this, it’s not going to turn out well. More to come later….

So, how does everyone feel about what was done in the name of our country? Is waterboarding torture? Jesse Ventura, a former governor, former wrestler, and former Navy SEAL who was voluntarily waterboarded in the SERE (survive, evade, resist, escape) program says it absolutely is. He describes it as the complete sensation of drowning, even though he knew it was unlikely to cause his death in those controlled circumstances. If it was done to a member of your family, would you call it torture?

If it is torture (which it has been determined to be by the Red Cross, official authority as per the Geneva conventions), was it ok for us to do it to these horrible people who attacked us? If so, why? Because it kept us safe? No, that’s being debunked as I type. Then maybe it’s ok because we hate them so much? If that’s justification, then why did we prosecute our own soldiers when they waterboarded prisoners of war in Viet Nam? Why did we put to death those who did it to our soldiers in Japan? Why were our soldiers in Iraq prosecuted (one still in jail today) for doing this at Abu Ghraib? The government said they were “a few bad apples” to justify punishing them, while we now know the orders came from Rumsfeld who got them from Cheney.

So, what are everyone’s thoughts on this period in our country’s history? Did we do what we needed to and had to do? Did we overstep our bounds, sacrifice our morals for our safety? Are we, as Al Quada claims, a nation of hypocrites?

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May 14, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , , , | 4 Comments

New “Buy Black Experiment” May Become a Nationwide Movement

Buying BlackI usually do not write about subjects that may have the possibility of becoming racially charged, but this time, I must make an exception.  As reported on Fox this morning, a Chicago family has begun what they are quoted as calling an “Empowerment Experiment”.  Maggie and John Anderson of Chicago vowed four months ago that for one year, they would try to patronize only black-owned businesses.  This “Empowerment Experiment” is why John had to suffer for hours with a stomach ache, Maggie no longer gets that brand-name shampoo to wash her hair  and a grocery trip is a 14-mile excursion. 

Mrs. Anderson was quoted as saying  “It’s like, my people have been here 400 years and we don’t even have a Walgreens to show for it.”  The Andersons are following up with 4,000 people who signed up to join the experiment on their Web site to gauge their commitment and set up online accounts to track their spending. Hundreds have also joined the experiment’s Facebook page. 

Dallas Smith, who owns a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta, said “We’ve still got that ‘the white man’s water is colder’ mentality,” he said. “We can’t take us for granted. When we go to our establishments, it’s almost like we’re doing a favor. That ought to be a given for us.”

Maggie Anderson says ” The response has been so huge. “We think so much can come out of this. We’re in movement-making mode now.”

I have to agree with Maggie Anderson.  They are in a making mode now.  Making the United States even more racial and making it  a worse place to live.  I’m sorry, but I thought the whole point of being in American was to help each other and do away with things that make us different.  This couple and the people who follow their example seem to revel in the things that make them stand apart.  They make the argument that their is not enough black businesses.  I took this as meaning that there are not an equal amount of black businesses as there is white owned businesses.  According to what I have read, however, blacks only make up 12 to 13% of the current U.S. population, so how could is it possable to have equal representation? 

I personally frequent my favorite market that is owned by a very nice, professional Iranian gentleman who has gotten to be friends with my whole family.  His patrons are an equal mix of whites and blacks.  We go to our favorite Chinese restaurant probably once a week.  Their customers seem to be mostly white and Hispanic.  I get my nails done at a shop that is owned by Vietnamese.  Most of her customers are an equally white and black.   And I purchase beauty supplies from Sally’s which is black owned and most of her customers an equal mix of black and white.

That being said, what if white people were to start an “Empowerment Experiment” and only made  purchases from white owned business?  Wouldn’t that just hurt the people that are of  Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern decent that came to America to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families?  Wouldn’t this also hurt the black community?  After reading this article and noticing all of the references to “the white mans water” and “white stores” I do not believe that the intentions of this “experiment”  is about black empowerment at all.  I think its more about hurting businesses that are not black. 

Read it for yourself:,2933,519965,00.html

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , , | Leave a comment